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9 Days Kenya Safari

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This meticulously crafted 9-day Kenya safari combines wildlife viewing with rich cultural experiences, offering participants a comprehensive exploration of Kenya’s diverse landscapes, vibrant traditions, and iconic wildlife.

Duration: 9 Days
Places to Visit: Nairobi, Amboseli National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park, Masai Mara National Reserve

Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival in Nairobi

Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, a skilled guide will warmly welcome participants and provide a brief introduction to Kenya’s history and culture. Transfer to the hotel for check-in and rest.
Accommodation: Tamarind Tree Hotel

Day 2: Nairobi City Tour and Cultural Experience

Begin the day with a visit to the Nairobi National Museum, which houses exhibits on Kenyan history, nature, culture, and contemporary art. The museum’s collection includes over 900 stuffed birds and mammals, fossils from Lake Turkana, ethnic displays from various Kenyan tribal groups, and exhibits on Kenyan history.

Next, explore the Bomas of Kenya, a cultural center showcasing traditional Kenyan dances, music, and crafts. Participants can observe performances representing over 42 Kenyan ethnic communities, gaining insight into the country’s diverse cultural heritage.

In the afternoon, visit the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, known for its elephant orphanage. Learn about elephant conservation efforts and the trust’s work in rescuing and rehabilitating orphaned elephants.
Accommodation: Tamarind Tree Hotel

Day 3: Nairobi – Amboseli National Park

Distance: 240km/4-5hrs drive
After breakfast, depart for Amboseli National Park, known for its large elephant herds and views of Mount Kilimanjaro. En route, stop at a Maasai village to learn about traditional Maasai culture. The Maasai people, numbering around 1.5 million across Kenya and Tanzania, are known for their distinctive customs, dress, and pastoral lifestyle.

Upon arrival at Amboseli, enjoy an afternoon game drive, observing the park’s diverse wildlife against the backdrop of Africa’s highest mountain.
Accommodation: Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge

Day 4: Amboseli National Park

Spend a full day exploring Amboseli National Park, home to over 50 mammal species and more than 400 bird species. The park covers 392 square kilometers and is part of a larger ecosystem that spans 8,000 square kilometers across the Kenya-Tanzania border.

In addition to wildlife viewing, participate in a guided nature walk led by Maasai warriors. Learn about traditional Maasai medicinal plants, tracking techniques, and the symbiotic relationship between the Maasai and the local wildlife.
Accommodation: Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge

Day 5: Amboseli – Lake Nakuru National Park

Distance: 395km/7-8hrs drive
After breakfast, depart for Lake Nakuru National Park. En route, stop at Lake Naivasha for a boat ride, observing hippos and numerous bird species. Lake Naivasha is a freshwater lake in Kenya’s Rift Valley, covering 139 square kilometers and supporting a diverse ecosystem.

Continue to Lake Nakuru, arriving in time for an evening game drive. Lake Nakuru is famous for its flamingo populations and is home to both white and black rhinos.
Accommodation: Lake Nakuru Lodge

Day 6: Lake Nakuru National Park

Enjoy a full day exploring Lake Nakuru National Park, covering 188 square kilometers. The park is home to over 50 mammal species and 450 bird species. Visit the Baboon Cliff lookout for panoramic views of the lake and surrounding landscape.

In the afternoon, participate in a tree-planting activity as part of the park’s reforestation efforts. Learn about the importance of conservation and the park’s role in protecting endangered species like the Rothschild’s giraffe.
Accommodation: Lake Nakuru Lodge

Day 7: Lake Nakuru – Masai Mara National Reserve

Distance: 300km/6-7hrs drive
After breakfast, depart for the Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya’s most famous wildlife sanctuary. The Masai Mara covers 1,510 square kilometers and is home to an extraordinary concentration of wildlife.

En route, stop at a Maasai market to observe local trading practices and purchase traditional handicrafts. These markets rotate between different locations and offer a glimpse into contemporary Maasai economic activities.

Arrive at the Masai Mara in time for an evening game drive, observing the abundant wildlife as the sun sets.
Accommodation: Ashnil Mara Camp

Day 8: Masai Mara National Reserve

Spend a full day exploring the Masai Mara, known for its exceptional wildlife viewing opportunities. The reserve is home to all of the “Big Five” animals (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and rhino) and hosts the annual Great Migration, where over 1.5 million wildebeest and zebras cross from Tanzania into Kenya.

In the afternoon, visit a local Maasai village to learn about traditional customs, including beadwork, house building, and the role of elders in the community. The Maasai in the Mara region have maintained many of their traditional practices while adapting to modern challenges.
Accommodation: Ashnil Mara Camp

Day 9: Masai Mara – Nairobi – Departure

Distance: 265km/5-6hrs drive
After a final morning game drive, depart for Nairobi. En route, stop at the Oloololo Escarpment for panoramic views of the Masai Mara plains. The escarpment rises about 400 meters above the Mara River and offers a unique perspective on the landscape.

Upon arrival in Nairobi, visit the Karen Blixen Museum, dedicated to the Danish author of “Out of Africa.” The museum is housed in the farmhouse where Blixen lived from 1914 to 1931 and provides insight into colonial life in Kenya.

Transfer to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for onward travel plans.

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